Special legislative session on medical marijuana could be called in November

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  • Farmington Fan Farmington, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 8:38 a.m.

    The only way the Utah legislature will legalize any use of medical marijuana--including reasonable use of CBD oil, which creates none of the psychoactive effects of THC that makes marijuana a recreational drug, and should be dealt with separately from THC--is if Proposition 2 passes. If Proposition 2 does not pass, it is obvious--despite all the empty promises--that the Utah legislature will do nothing more to legalize medical marijuana until another voter initiative is in the works in a couple more years, or until the Federal government deals with the issue (much like gay marriage).

    No one needs to worry about unintentional legalization of recreational marijuana use in Utah if Proposition 2 passes. If there is any element of recreational use in the Proposition 2 initiative, it will be immediately eradicated by the next session of the ultra-conservative Utah legislature.

    Therefore, it appears that those who do not favor Proposition 2 (even on religious or moral grounds) are either just ignorant of reality, or have some monetary motive for opposing its success.

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 5:38 p.m.

    If you want to know how bad recreational marijuana is, just go visit downtown Denver. Everybody on both sides knows that this is not about just true medical marijuana. This is about getting recreational marijuana everywhere. I just spent two weeks in Colorado and the homelessness there is horrific. Yet somehow they all have enough money for a joint.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 3:12 p.m.

    Re: "I have friends and family who are suffering and I'm tired of the resistance to medical MJ . . . ."

    Your friends and family will be harmed, not helped by Prop. 2. That's the dirty little secret "medical" weed advocates don't want you to know.

    Having uncontrolled and unverified weed distributed by people primarily interested in making money, not in alleviating suffering, is a recipe for recurring disaster, not just for your friends and family, but for my kids and grandkids, as well as the rest of the state.

    This comes as a shock to many, but there are valid and important interests at stake beyond whatever selfish motives weed advocates may cite.

    You vote as you will, but don't be surprised when the rest of us vote against converting Utah into Colorado, Arizona, California, Washington, or Oregon, with all the ills that have crept into their societies.

    We're not voting against you -- we're voting against the inevitable evils of increasing weed availability and consumption you just can't or won't see.

    And we're voting for Utah's future.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 1:26 p.m.

    Regardless of the outcome of the election MJ will still be illegal.

    As a federally controlled substance it needs to be addressed at the federal level. Determine the proper medicinal use of extracted CBD, train Doctors in how to prescribed and dose, dispense only by licensed pharmacies and pharmacists.

    Even House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake, has said there are "problematic aspects" of Proposition 2.

    As written Proposition 2 is bad; just ask law enforcement, ask the Utah Medical Association ask the Utah Hospital Association.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:58 a.m.

    @procuradorfiscal
    "It's clear that too many politicians in our state have been bought off by the big money associated with weed use and stand ready and willing to step in from the wings and bail out Weed, Inc., even after a majority of Utahns express a desire to remain weed-free."

    Really? Where do you get your information? Thin air? Most Utah politicians are "donated" to by Big Pharma and are against this. Most Utah voters (73%) want MMJ. Please, do some research before you post comments.

  • brainoncapitalist Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:42 a.m.

    @procuradorfiscal: The Utah Medical Association has no interest in legalizing medical marijuana unless they and their co-conspirators, Big Pharma, can profit from it. And the only way they profit is if they create drugs like Marinol, a synthetic form, that doesn't work to alleviate the pain of most patients.

    I have friends and family who are suffering and I'm tired of the resistance to medical MJ from people who have a vested financial interest in keeping it illegal.

    I am voting FOR Prop 2.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:32 a.m.

    Re: ". . . We feel like we have a highly regulated, conservative approach to medical cannabis in the state," [Schanz of Weed, Inc.] said.

    Yeah, a "highly regulated, conservative [and very well-funded by recreational weed interests] approach" that bypasses the medical community, entirely, then has the chutzpah to bill itself as a "medical" weed initiative.

    It's clear that too many politicians in our state have been bought off by the big money associated with weed use and stand ready and willing to step in from the wings and bail out Weed, Inc., even after a majority of Utahns express a desire to remain weed-free.

    Making a political pact to benefit financially from the evil designs of these conspiring men is, literally, making a deal with the devil.

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    I bet this session will accomplish the same as the last four. In other words, nothing. Here is my prediction: Prop 2 passes. The legislature will then step in and effectively gut it. Then the same people will reelect the same legislators they've had for years and complain that nothing ever changes. Medical cannabis is already legal in 30 other states and recreational is legal in nine, as well as nationally in Canada. But count on the fact that 49 other states will have it before Utah does.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 9:48 a.m.

    Herbert is acting in bad faith, at best.

    Enough stonewalling! People are suffering!

    And the people obstructing their relief are people who have no personal interest in medicinal marijuana!

    Stop forcing others to live by your archaic ideas!

    Vote Yes on Prop 2!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    I wish voters could call a "special election" to eliminate those lawmakers that subvert the will of the people and the voting process. Get rid of them all.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Classic republican religoslature politics. Sit on your hands and do nothing for YEARS and then plan ahead to undo the will of the people with a special session, even though you have the regular session two months later.
    And yet the voters will line up, pull the elephant lever, and waddle out having never given it any thought.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:54 a.m.

    The major problem is that we've lost trust in the church, the legislature, and the UMA to enact any meaningful change. They've had lots of opportunities and have continued to stonewall

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 6:57 a.m.

    "Herbert pledged to use his office's "bully pulpit" to ensure lawmakers take action on medical marijuana no matters what happens with Proposition 2, the initiative to legalize its use.

    Sounds like Herbert and the legislature already has their collective minds set to ignore the voting public AFTER the mid-term election.